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International to keep an eye on tires and batteries

WARRENVILLE, Ill. -- International Truck and Engine has developed a new tire and battery monitoring technology that...


WARRENVILLE, Ill. — International Truck and Engine has developed a new tire and battery monitoring technology that will be introduced on its International 8600 model, aimed primarily towards regional haul fleets.

A high-resolution, on-board colour display screen will indicate for drivers tire pressure and battery health. Optional exterior cameras to reveal blind spots and provide assistance when backing can also feed images into the on-board information display.

The tire pressure monitoring system quickly and accurately identifies tire temperature and pressure, says the manufacturer. The system relies on International’s multiplexed electrical system and pressure sensors. The battery monitor provides drivers with information on battery voltage and state of charge for engine cranking.

“These features will reduce downtime and roadside repair expenses,” said Gaylynn Skelnik, segment marketing manager, Heavy Vehicles, International Truck and Engine. “If a tire is low or a battery is about to fail, this technology warns the driver in advance.”

The new features were demonstrated at the National Private Truck Council’s Annual Education Management Conference in Nashville, Tenn., earlier this year.


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